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The Woman in Black

February 24, 2012

The Woman in Black

Release Date : 10 February 2012 (UK)

Directed: James Watkins

Writers: Susan Hill (Novel) Jane Goldman (Screenplay)

Starring:  Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds

Running time: 95 minutes

Based on the novel by Susan Hill and after taking many other forms of adaptations, from theatre to radio, The Woman in Black returns to the big screen.

Child star, Daniel Radcliffe, steps out of the Harry Potter shoes and into those of Arthur Kipps.

Kipps is a young solicitor who is sent to a remote part of the midlands to settle the affairs of a recently deceased widow. He ends up being caught up in the curse of a ghost known as ‘The Woman in Black.’

The story takes a very cliché and traditional sense of Gothic horror. The majority of the film takes place in a remote, overgrown house. With only an oil lamp for company in the lonely nights of the house, even the quietest footstep sets you fearing for your nerves.

Directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) every sound and movement is used to create a fearful tension in the audience. Minor details in the direction, such as small shadows or tiny handprints, could easily be missed, which gives every audience member reason to see this film again.

The use of camera angles gave a sense of the protagonist, or even sometimes the audience, the impression of being watched. Despite being a very corny concept in the world of horror films, it succeeded to create the desired effect of fear.

You can’t comment on this film until you have acknowledged the lead role played by Radcliffe. In the first 15 minutes, it was hard to comprehend the Harry Potter star as a father figure, but when you give it a chance, Radcliffe comes out of his shell to reveal a disturbed and professional performance.

The film ends with a sigh of relief, until you realise the reality of what has happened. Superbly scripted and sinisterly directed, this film has the saddest happy ending that may haunt you for years to come.

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